Rumors have been swirling that “NCIS” maybe heading to its final season but these have been proven to be wrong after four more cast members have inked new deals with CBS.
“NCIS” lead actor Mark Harmon (Special Agent Leroy Jetro Gibbs) was the first to sign a two-year contract in February, the International Business Times reported. Now, Pauley Perrette (Abby Sciuto), Sean Murray (Timothy McGee), Rocky Carroll (Director Leon Vance), and David McCallum (Dr. Ducky Mallard) had renewed their contracts for the upcoming 14th season as well as for season 15. This in itself proved that the show will go on for at least two more seasons, Cartermatt wrote.
NCIS will return for its 14th season on the 20th of September. However, NCIS very special agent Anthony DiNozzo will no longer crack jokes in the upcoming season. The movie savvy character was played by Michael Weatherly.
Showrunner Gary Glasberg earlier told Deadline that the actor has been a huge part of their family and they wishes Weatherly well with the huge opportunity given to him. Weatherly is set to star in the new CBS series, titled “Bull.”
Deadline noted in a separate report that since Weatherly already left the show, Perrette is one of three original cast members remaining on the show, alongside Harmon and McCallum.
“70s Show” star Wilmer Valderrama will join the NCIS team and signed a contract with CBS. The network has teased that the actor will play the role of a returning NCIS field agent from a deep covert assignment. “Many agents don’t know he’s still on the job or that he’s even alive,” CBS wrote in a press release which was cited by Enstraz.
The series also cast new female regulars for season 14. Sarah Clarke will be playing FBI agent Tess Monroe, while Duane Henry will portray MI-6 agent Clayton Reeves. Henry first appeared in season 13 finale. “NCIS” currently have one female agent – former NSA analyst Eleonar Bishop (Emily Wickersham).
“We welcome some new people and the great guests that we’ll continue to have. We’ll show up for work come July and start all over again,” said Glasberg.